Orange jockey Shannon Fogg is relatively new to the racing scene after initially jumping in the saddle a little over two years ago.
But ahead of Saturday’s Racing Orange non-TAB picnic meeting at Towac Park, the 22-year-old is hoping to continue some decent form at his new home track.
The young hoop rode last year’s winner, I’m Away, in the Give Me 5 For Kids Orange Picnic Trophy and is confident he can do more than just guide back-to-back winners in the 1300m feature on Saturday.
“Honestly, I think I’m a hope at a triple,” Fogg, originally from Wellington, predicted.
Fogg has booked rides on Dublin Dan in the second, on Roy McCade’s Teragaze in the third, Storm Patrol in race four and Big Colton, Michael Mulholland’s chance, in the fifth.
He’s also on Cyclone Andy in the picnic trophy, George Wright’s nine-year-old gelding the clear favourite heading into Saturday’s $4000 main race.
On top of Cyclone Andy’s favouritism, Fogg believes Dublin Dan and Big Colton can salute in some smallish fields in Saturday’s picnics.
“I think it should win,” Fogg said ahead of his run with Cyclone Andy, a third in the Gilgandra Town Plate the gelding’s last effort.
“Off it’s last start it should win, and I reckon the other two are real chances too.”
Fogg is a regular on the picnic racing circuit and has recently ridden at the Come By Chance, Macquarie, Lockhart and Harden picnic meetings.
While he’s also ridden at big picnic meetings in this region at Bedgerabong, Duck Creek and Tullibigeal.
But, proving he’s more than just a picnic jockey, Fogg has also ridden a winner at Gosford, guiding Night Time Lover home in November.
He says the picnic racing scene is quite casual off the track, but once the riders hit the course they’re all keen to chalk up the winners.
“It’s pretty good in the room. Everyone has a bit of a joke but we all switch on out of the room though,” Fogg said.
“I’ve just love to ride.”
Race one, the Furney’s Stockfeeds Orange maiden plate (1000m) jumps at 1.40pm with the main, the Give Me 5 For Kids Trophy Handicap (1300m) scheduled to start at 4.20pm.
Gates for the Orange Picnics open at 12pm at Towac Park.